Actor Gerard Butler shocked reporters this week after admitting he was shot twice in the head while filming the newly released film “Machine Gun Preacher” on location in South Africa .

Butler, at the premiere of the new movie this weekend, described the incident as a “bloody dilemma.”

“Machine Gun Preacher” is a film based on the true story of an unyielding Christian minister who opens an orphanage in war-torn south Sudan.

Butler, 41, says he did his own stunts.

One day, while filming, the actor’s head was hit twice in quick succession by shells.

About 20 minutes later, we went again and another shell hit me. Within half an inch of the first one. It was a shell, but it sounds better to get shot,” he said.

Reports say both shells were shot from co-star Souleymane Sy Savane’s gun. Butler also said he ripped a tendon in his leg while filming the same scene and has scars down his back from other injuries.

“I couldn’t walk for two weeks once. I have so many tendons that I have hurt,” he said.

Film crews witnessing the incidents during the scene say “it was pretty intense.”

Butler, now healed, says he felt as though his chances of dying on the set “were slim.”

“Listen, you do a movie like this and you get into a few accidents,” Gerard told reporters.

The film is based on the life of violent drug addict-turned-preacher Sam Childers who after becoming a Christian travels to Sudan to volunteer at a construction project. He sees the horrors of war and cannot help but do what he can to protect orphaned children in southern Sudan.

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